A Housekeeping Update


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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37 Responses

  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:


    @will-truman has WAY understated in this brief post just how much technological and administrative chaos he’s been wrestling with behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly here. While raising a little one at home, among other challenges he’s balancing.

    This would be a good opportunity to express your appreciation of his efforts — editorial and technical — keeping a nearly-seamlessly-administered, good-looking, well-written, and most of all appropriately-cultured online magazine operational.

    Props, my friend.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David says:

    I can’t speak to the technical efforts (I still call this thing the VooDoo box, mostly to tease my wife) the editorial bits have been top notch! So Kudos Sir!Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Thank you so much for keeping this little box of heaven open for us.

    Well, for me.

    Thank you.Report

  4. Avatar greginak says:

    Thanks and great work. Take one pat on the back out of petty cash.

    Now get back to work.Report

  5. Avatar bookdragon says:

    Thanks for all you do here. It can’t be easy, but it is appreciated.Report

  6. I’ll add my voice to the thank you’s.Report

  7. Avatar pillsy says:

    Awesome. Thanks, Will!Report

  8. Avatar jason says:

    I’m going to join the dog pile of thank yous–Thanks!!!Report

  9. Avatar Pinky says:

    Does anyone have the experience that the site doesn’t come up refreshed upon opening? I have this happen at work sometimes and at home a lot. When I first click on the site, I refresh it right away; same on a comment thread. If I keep checking back on a thread to read the replies, they won’t always come up.Report

  10. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Thank you, Will, for all that you do to keep this massive pile of WordPress plugins and JavaScript running.

    When I open my browser’s console window and look at all of the errors and warnings that are generated when the “State of the Discussion” page loads, I am impressed by the resilience of contemporary browsers.Report

  11. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    Much Obliged.

    My website quirk to ask about is the name/email auto-populate… as in, it doesn’t any more.

    Just me? A hint from the website nymphs?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Marchmaine says:

      This is a known issue. Could be related to the other.

      I am probably not going to investigate these until we’re on our new server since any fix may not carry over.Report

    • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to Marchmaine says:

      Almost every site on which I comment regularly does this now, I figured it was some GDPR compliance thing, somehow.

      (Then again: all of those sites are WP sites so it might not be GDPR, it might be WordPress…)Report

    • Another thing I’d forgotten about because I’m an inveterate tinkerer. I have a piece of JavaScript that runs against almost every page I download, that replaces fonts with my own preferences and limits the number of sizes used. When those fields quit coming preloaded and the problem wasn’t resolved quickly*, I tacked some code onto the end of that script to fill them in as necessary.

      * That’s not a complaint. Given the large number of pieces — plugins, JavaScript, css, etc — that go into the site, I am greatly impressed by the staff’s ability to make it run as smoothly as it does.Report

  12. Avatar James K says:

    Thank you for all your work in keeping this place running Will.Report

  13. Thank you so much Will!Report

  14. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    Kudos to the chef!Report

  15. Avatar Anne says:

    Thank you Will and all the technical/editorial staff greatly appreciate all you do to keep this site such a wonderful place.

    I hate to actually mention it as you are probably still working on things but starting yesterday? Maybe the day before the site isn’t optimized to read on phone anymore or at least not on my phone (galaxy s5 in chrome)Report